Bristol based four-piece Highlives have decided to take a more traditional approach to the pop-punk scene, harking back to the good old days of guitar heavy tracks and somewhat gruffer vocals leaning more towards the punk end of the genre. 5-track EP ‘Misguided Youth’ is the band’s debut effort and is a release that could well establish this band as ones to keep an eye on in the future.
Starting things off with lead single ‘Wake Me Up’, Highlives waste no time grabbing the listener’s attention by establishing their sound as an upbeat, catchy instrumental kicks things off before frontman Liam Edwards‘ powerful voice takes the lead. This format works well for the quartet as is shown on later track ‘Walking Blind’, which features an impressive performance throughout from Steve Parks on drums and a nice guitar riff from Ben Lucas to bridge the gap into the final chorus.
The best performance on the record come in the form of a somewhat more subdued offering on ‘Twenty-Two’, which, not only lets the band prove that they’re more than a one trick pony, but allows Edwards a chance to take a different approach to his vocal performance, focusing more on the delivery than the pace making for a very pleasing track providing some much needed diversity to the record.
Rounding things off is ‘Better Days’, where the entire band works together each with a top performance, creating a great pop-punk track which, if it’s a sign of things to come, gives glimpses of a very promising future for this band.
‘Misguided Youth’ is a solid EP from the boys in Highlives, which will hopefully earn them the support that they need to carry on in the music scene, because, if they manage to produce more releases of this quality, it could be a bright future for this quartet
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)
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